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Helos secure spot on Oshkosh flight line

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Helicopters will be at show center for the first time at EAA AirVenture 2013, Helicopter Association International and the Experimental Aircraft Association announced at HAI's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas March 5.

Sikorsky celebrates multiple milestones

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Legendary helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky kicked off its ninetieth birthday milestone with a big gift from a different Milestone--Milestone Aviation Group placed an order for 30 new Sikorsky S-92A and S-76D helicopters with an option for 24 more.

Turbomeca unveils new helo engine in Vegas

Article | Mar 06, 2013

A dance routine including props, lifts, and gymnastics introduced the world to Turbomeca’s newest engine offering, the 1,100-horsepower turboshaft Arrano, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Upgraded M*A*S*H helo to enter production

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The distinctive Bell 47 helicopter will return to production with a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine, Scott's – Bell 47 Inc. announced March 5 at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Weight increase approved for MD Explorer 902

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The FAA has approved an increase of gross weight to 6,770 pounds for the MD Explorer 902, MD Helicopters announced at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo March5.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

NAA celebrates memorable aviation records of 2012

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Felix Baumgartner celebrates a safe landing after setting world freefall records for speed and altitude Oct. 14.

GAMA issues ‘mixed’ 2012 GA deliveries report

Article | Feb 12, 2013

General Aviation Manufacturers Association data for 2012 illustrate a year of flat or slightly declining sales in most segments of the fixed-wing market, with an increase in turboprop deliveries--and new products in the pipeline--suggesting signs of a long-awaited recovery.

Secret 'no-fly zone'?

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome. Why?

Helicopter tows 'world's largest aerial banner'

Article | Dec 19, 2012

When the United Arab Emirates celebrated 41 years of independence on Dec. 2, participants in the UAE’s National Day observances witnessed a more than 50,000-square-foot banner towed by a Bell 412 helicopter.

Hitron

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

Photography by Chris Rose With only a sliver of the moon showing on September 17, 2012, the drug boat zoomed through the darkness carrying 60-pound bales of cocaine—2,460 pounds in all. Above it the crew of a U.S.

Sikorsky X2 continues to attract awards

Article | Nov 05, 2012

Already a winner of the 2010 Collier Trophy, the 250-knot-true-airspeed Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator now has yet another honor, a spot in the University of Maryland Hall of Fame for the principal engineer who designed the aerodynamics for the blades.

Accidents suggest helicopter safety needs 'critical look'

Article | Oct 31, 2012

An industry-government coalition is calling for renewed focus on helicopter safety following a series of accidents in which seven occupants perished during an eight-day period in October.

FreeFlight announces new technologies, approvals

Article | Oct 11, 2012

FreeFlight Systems will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel-mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.

New Nall Report sheds light on 2010 accident data

Article | Oct 05, 2012

By FAA estimates, in 2010 flight activity in all four segments of general aviation increased from 2009 levels, according to the report, while GA accident rates in 2010 showed little change from recent years.

Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

16-year-old ties in nation to be youngest pilot to solo in helicopter

AV8RS | Sep 01, 2012

While most teen-age pilot wannabes work or beg for money from Mom, Dad or other relatives to pay for flight lessons, Pinksten, of Nashua, New Hampshire, has gone to the Web.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

‘American Angel’ A beautiful ambassador for general aviation Eugene, Oregon’s John Stahr, an airbrush artist, is known for painting intricate works of art on everything from R44 Raven helicopters to Global Express business jets. His nose-to-spinner paint designs are always crowd pleasers, and his RV–8, American Angel, is fast becoming an ambassador for GA.

Human-powered helicopter flight sets record

Article | Aug 15, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has certified a duration record for human-powered helicopter flight claimed by a team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering for a flight on June 21 in College Park, Md.

GA leaders laud industry efforts on working together

Advocacy | Jul 25, 2012

The heads of the general aviation organizations used a panel discussion to discuss how their efforts to work more closely together are paying off. On stage were AOPA’s Craig Fuller, Ed Bolen of NBAA, Rod Hightower of EAA, Pete Bunce of GAMA, Matt Zuccaro of HAI and Henry Ogrodzinski of NASAO, moderated by EAA Director of Publications Mac McClellan.